As a society, we still have a long way to go on the road to acceptance.
Interracial couples are still being ostracized and harassed for who they love.
Photographer Donna Pinckley is using her art to try to change that. In her series Sticks and Stones, she photographs stunning black-and-white portraits of beautiful interracial couples. She had each couple write down an insult they've heard about their relationship and pairs each portrait with these handwritten hurtful words. Pinckley's choice to use black-and-white photos was made as a way to focus on the couple's love instead of their skin tone.
"Two years ago I began photographing interracial couples of all ages, aiming as always to capture how they see themselves, the world of love and trust they have created despite adversity," Pinckley said in her artist statement. "I began adding the negative comments they have been subjected to at the bottom of the images as a reminder of how part of society sees them."
"No other man will ever want you," one couple wrote. "You'll never be able to give her what a white man could," a young couple scribbled.
Pinckley told A Plus that she's received many touching comments so far from people who can relate.
Check out a few of the portraits from her series below:
1. "B*tches like that are the reason we can't get a good black man."
2. "I'll bet your parents are really proud of you."
3. "If she can't use your comb, don't bring her home!"
4. "I told you a black woman lived with a white man in that house!"
5. "Look at you taking another one of our good black men."
6. "You'll never be able to give her what a white man could."
7. "What's wrong with American women? Do you not like American women?"
(H/T: Huffington Post)
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